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Kids in the 2018 Nebraska Legislature

Last week, the Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die, marking the end of this year’s legislative session. Each year, Voices for Children works to set legislative priorities, driven by data and research, to make Nebraska the best place to be a kid. Here’s a recap of how kids fared this session.…...

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2018 Pro-Kid Legislative Scorecard

Our state senators make a lot of choices over the course of the legislative session, and the 105th Legislative Session (2017-2018) was no exception. During the two year session, 15 of Voices for Children’s priority bills made it to a final vote before the full body. We present our third…...

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Nebraska’s Children With Disabilities: Part Three

Children with disabilities have special health needs that are as individual to each child as a fingerprint.   The care of each child with a disability requires investment and attention to individual needs. Some disabilities are hard to see, – the same disability can impact different children in very different…...

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Priorities for Kids in the 105th Legislature, 2nd Session

The following pro-kid bills were prioritized and are now headed to the next stage of debate at the Unicameral: Child Welfare LB 714, introduced by Senator Howard, would provide a procedure for a teenager living independently to request a formal court order of emancipation. LB 1078, introduced by Senator Crawford,…...

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Nebraska’s Children with Disabilities: Part Two

Poverty is both a cause and consequence of disability. Children living in poverty have a much greater vulnerability to disease, especially during infancy and early childhood. Impoverished families are less likely to receive adequate health care, or to be able to pay for basic medical needs, and other necessary services.…...

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Hello from the New Voices for Children Intern, Faith Walker

After experiencing firsthand some of the gaps in Nebraska legislation and working with the Voices for Children team on them, I am ecstatic to begin a position in their office. Over the course of my three years at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, I have enjoyed the privilege of…...

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Nebraska’s Children with Disabilities: Part One

The 25th annual Kids Count in Nebraska Report includes an in-depth look at Nebraska’s children with disabilities. What is a Disability? Disability is an umbrella term reflecting the interaction between a person’s body and the society in which they live. People with disabilities experience one or more of the following three…...

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A Path to Prosperity for All Nebraskans

Today’s release of the annual Prosperity Now Scorecard shows that though the national economy has seen positive gains in recent years, policymakers are not doing enough to ensure that low- and moderate-income Nebraskans are able to share in this prosperity. Nebraska is ranked 18th in the nation overall for outcomes in financial…...

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25 Years Ago, Congress Passed the FMLA. It Wasn’t Enough.

Anne Marie works at a daycare in Papillion. Anne Marie’s husband, Nick, is a nurse. They have two beautiful children, Ben, 7, and Maggie, 9, who were named after Anne Marie’s grandfather and Nick’s mother. Ben loves animals and wants to be a veterinarian when he grows up. Maggie watched…...

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2017 Kids Count in Nebraska Report

Today, we are excited to debut the 2017 Kids Count in Nebraska Report! Kids Count continues to be the most comprehensive source of data on the well-being of children in Nebraska and covers data in population, health, education, economic stability, child welfare, and juvenile justice and contains Voices for Children’s Index of…...

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